One thing I like to do when cleaning house is listen to podcasts or music. I don’t have much of a stereo system in my home, and I wouldn’t want to make to have the whole household suffer from me listening to the latest from one of my many Linux podcasts. So most of the time I have earbuds or headphones on while working around the house. Sometimes, it’s just not convenient to wear the headphones, so I need a small speaker. With that in mind, when I saw the Neek Speaker I couldn’t help but wonder if it would really be able to produce enough sound?
This speaker is about the size of a ping pong ball, or an inch and a half in diameter. When its expanded, the Neek Speaker can produce sufficient sound to be listenable when sitting on the sink as I take a shower.
The Neek Speaker claims to be able to produce a 360 degree sound field, and it sounds almost like it’s 360, but not quite. Something is a little off. Then again, for what I most use it for, I didn’t really notice.
What do I use it for? Well, as I mentioned I do use it when showering or working around the house. It’s small enough that it fits in my jeans pocket without producing a noticeable bulge. So when I decide it’s probably not a good idea to use headphones, I pop the speaker up, connect it to my Neuros or my G1 (via an adapter, not included), and turn on some music. It’s more than sufficient when working around the house, and it keeps the audio confined to the room I am in.
The next best thing about this speaker is that it’s also rechargeable via USB. It comes with a USB charger, so you can plug it into a free port to top off the battery. The only thing I don’t like about this is that the LED indicator does not change when it’s charging, so I have no idea how long it takes to charge. They recommend charging it for at least 2 hours. The battery is supposed to last about 4-6 hours, but your mileage may vary.
If your looking for a cool little speaker to use in similar situations to mine, then the Neek Speaker fits the bill. If you’re expecting an audiophile quality speaker capable of producing 5.1 surround sound, you’ll need to move on. 😀
The Neek Speaker is available from neekspeaker.com and is only $19.95. It comes in 6 different colors: Black, White, Navy, Pink Green and Orange. The Black and Navy speakers have a matte finish, instead of the gloss that the other colors have; I was sent the Navy speaker.
What I liked: Small. VERY small. Produces enough audio to fill a room.
What needs improvement: Vibrates slightly when the volume is up. I just keep it to a normal volume and it works fine.